OTTAWA — A Liberal lawmaker who inadvertently flashed a MP colleague says the fact that his nude screenshots were leaked to the media sends a nasty message about Canada’s political erosion.
“It sends a terrible signal,” William Amos said in an interview.
“If partisan interests are achieved, anything happens and it’s unacceptable,” he said, adding that it also sends a terrible message to young people.
“What does it tell our children and what does it tell society about the nature of proper behavior in the digital world?”
A Quebec horseback councilor in Pontiac said he had just returned from jogging and was changing clothes at his office on Wednesday. He was unaware that his laptop’s camera was turned on, and noticed that his image was being sent to a fellow MP tuned to the internal parliamentary feed of the House of Commons virtual minutes. did not.
No one watching the public feed saw Amos. He wasn’t talking to the Commons at the time.
He sat at his desk, watched the rest of the question period, and began receiving text messages from his colleagues advising him to turn off the camera.
Amos, Parliamentary Secretary of Industry Minister François Philippe Champagne, said he initially hoped that the embarrassing fake would be silent if no one raised it during the questioning period.
When Bloc Québécois, the party’s general affairs member, Claude De Berfuille raised it as a point of order after the question period was over, he did not identify the members involved, so do not explode in the news article I was hoping for.
However, those hopes were quickly shattered as screenshots of him standing naked by his desk were leaked and began to spread on social media.
His first thought was about the impact on his family.
“The conversation (about the incident) with my wife that I was a little late had to happen immediately,” Amos said. “And you start thinking about your parents, your step-in, and your relatives … your mind is competing.”
Since then, this story and disastrous screenshots have been talked about all over the world, from Malaysia to the United Kingdom. Amos was the butt of a joke from popular US late-night television show hosts Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel. And his Twitter and Facebook feeds are flooded with “avalanches” of reaction from around the world.
“I have a British relative I found through the Guardian,” he said.
“It’s corrosive and destructive, and it’s all due to the decision of one or more people that this is a good idea (to leak it),” Amos said.
Amos emphasized that: “I’m not categorically throwing myself into the victim’s posture here … I made a mistake. It’s responsible for not noticing that the camera is on … it’s the rest of my life Must be integrated into. “
But Amos, an environmental lawyer before being first elected in 2015, said the issue had more to do with himself.
He claimed that the screenshot leak violated parliamentary rules. “Without these rules, democracy is undermined.” Fewer people will run for parliament or trust democratic institutions.
Parliamentary rules prohibit the taking of videos or photographs of parliamentary minutes, including private parts.
Government House leader Pablo Rodriguez told Commons Chairman Anthony Rota on Thursday to investigate who took a screenshot of Amos and who shared it publicly, which could have serious implications. Suggested.
“It’s very likely that it’s a crime to take a nude photo while changing clothes and share it without consent,” Rodriguez said at the time.
Rota accepted the request with advice.
Amos said international humiliation was determined not to distract him from his work. He attended a meeting with two snowmobile groups on Wednesday evening and participated in an announcement on Friday about a $ 87 million investment in local Internet services.
But he said the same could happen to any MP, including those suffering from mental health problems and those who are more vulnerable than themselves.
“Because their heritage is a naked parliamentarian, having their heritage among their members, across Canada and internationally would not be fair to any member of parliament. It is terribly unfair. “He said.
“Maybe I can tolerate more than others. Maybe another parliamentarian will not be able to integrate this remarkable tsunami not only to me but to myself.”
Therefore, he said, it is very important to investigate and confirm that such a thing never happens again.
What drops it is an “invitation to corrosive, democratically destructive behavior.”
By Joan Bryden